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Rising early has its perks

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POSTED November 5, 2010 3:00 a.m.
Over the years, I’ve developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.

Some look at it as a good quality, while my wife doesn’t understand why anyone would want to wake up so early.

Ever since I was a child, I would be the first one to wake up. I believe it began with my love for fishing. I had wanted to go so bad, that when I finally got my chance, I had a hard time falling asleep.

After that first experience, there were few times when anyone would have to wake me up. The early morning hours remain my favorite time of the day.

Surprisingly, some of my biggest fish ever caught were closer to the middle of the day and not in the morning. That doesn’t matter; there are very few things that are as beautiful as watching the sun rise this time of year.

If you’re a morning person like me, you’re probably also looking forward to the time changing this Sunday.

It’s really a win-win situation. For those who like to sleep in, you get one more hour. For those that like to get up early, you get one more hour.  

Delta Report
Fishing continues to tough on the Delta. Striped bass catches are increasing as the cooler temperatures are bringing more fish through the system.

For striped bass, try sticking to the main channels or right outside the flooded islands. The largemouth bass bite has been off and on, as I believe the unstable weather conditions have halted a lot of fall type activity.

Most anglers are targeting outside weed lines with jigs and crankbaits.

New Melones Lake
Fishing for trout has improved lately, as more limits are being caught. Anglers catching trout are trolling from the surface down to 20 feet during the morning hours.

Bass fishing is starting to pick up as anglers are fishing deep 20 to 40 feet while dragging small worms through the schools of actively feeding fish.

Catfishing remains good for those fishing cut bait during the evening hours.

New Hogan Lake
Recently, the bite has been really good for large numbers of bass.

Spider grubs in watermelon red is working well if thrown up to the bank and worked down to at least 20 feet. Reaction baits such as Lucky Craft Staysees are also working but not as well as the jig.

Six-inch shaky head worms such as Robo Worms margarita mutilator II is another go to bait.

For the deep water angler the larger fish are coming from anglers fishing the schools of bass down to 60 feet while using a drop shot or a jig.

Lake Camanche
Trout plans have began on the lake and anglers are reporting catching trout while fishing near the dam.

Bass fishing continues to be good on the lake as anglers are scoring good limits while fishing reaction baits and plastics in 10-15 feet of water.

Lake Don Pedro
Fishing for trout and salmon has died down over the past week. For trout, anglers are seeking colder water found early in the morning from the surface down to 15 feet. Bass fishing has slowed down for number of fish. There are reports of larger swim bait fish being caught, but for numbers of fish angers are having better luck while fishing New Melones. Once the weather stabilizes look for the fishing to get better.

Lake Pardee
Closed for the season.

Tip of the Week
Batteries are an important part of a boat. Most anglers come home from a day of fishing hook up the chargers and forget about the batteries until the next fishing trip.

There are some chargers that will allow for this but most chargers will continue to heat the batteries shortening the life of the battery.

The best way to insure your batteries last long is to charge them right away and remove the charger immediately after the batteries are charged.

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